Masters in International Peacebuilding | Hartford Seminary

Master of Arts in International Peacebuilding



Learning Outcomes


The Master of Arts in International Peacebuilding (MAP) is a one-year, 36-credit, professional master’s degree which develops students’ capacity to build vibrant, healthy inter-and-intra-religious relationships. Students will develop interreligious literacy and acquire constructive conflict intervention skills through a combination of service learning, traditional courses, experiential courses, and project-based learning.

MAP students will be deeply engaged in creating their own transformative experience through the living and learning environment, extensive community engagement, experience-based learning, and reflective practices threaded throughout their academic work.  Among other topics, students will study: the history and theology of the Abrahamic faiths, peace and violence in scripture, religious leadership, project planning, mediation, trauma awareness, and restorative justice. The student cohort will be in residence at Hartford Seminary for an academic year before completing their degree with a relationship-building capstone project in their home country or community.

Please direct any questions to Phoebe Milliken, Faculty Associate in International Peacebuilding, at













 Semester Course
August Introduction to Peacebuilding
Fall Semester Introduction to Interreligious Studies
Restorative History: Building Peace after Collective Trauma
Constructive Conflict Intervention
Field Education, Part 1
Intercession Peacebuilding Skills: Trauma & Restorative Justice



Peace, Justice, and Violence In Sacred Texts
Religious Leadership for Peaceful Change
Field Education,  Part 2

Summer Semester


Identity and Otherness in Religious Communities  (ONLINE)

Capstone: Project Proposal /Personal Action Proposal


Project Report/Personal Action Report

  1. Understanding the Abrahamic Faiths requires knowledge of the teachings and history of the three Abrahamic faiths.  You must demonstrate comprehension of their teachings on peace, justice, and violence.  You must reflect on the experience of getting to know the religious other.
  2. Understanding Interreligious Peace Studies requires understanding and learning to apply foundational concepts and terms in Peace Studies, including knowledge of conflict transformation and conflict analysis. You must demonstrate an ability to analyze your own religious tradition’s actions to legitimize discrimination or support peacebuilding. You must foster your own “moral imagination” – the creativity to envision pathways towards just peace beyond the status quo.
  3. Understanding Peacebuilding & Human Relationality approaches peace and conflict through both the brain and the heart, seeking to apply understandings of how emotions, empathy, gratitude, spirituality, and trust are essential elements of connection, leadership, and reconciliation. You must demonstrate an awareness and self-awareness of how bias, trauma, motivation, and ego can influence the ability to form peaceful relationships.
  4. Relationship-Building Processes help establish understanding and connections across lines of difference, using techniques such as facilitation, storytelling, mediation, and restorative justice to build relationships. Immersed in a supportive community, you will practice using these techniques in interpersonal settings, volunteer settings, and formal project work. You will demonstrate your developing competence in using these techniques and in providing and receiving supportive feedback.
  5. Building Leadership Capacity brings together skills such as project planning, intercultural communication and interreligious cooperation to foster conflict transformation that contributes to constructive change. You will demonstrate these skills as you engage in local service and craft your capstone project.

Applications for the fall semester must be completed by March 1 for international students, and by March 15 for U.S. students.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Prior Education: Complete official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions must be submitted to the Admission’s Office. A bachelor’s degree (or its educational equivalent) at a high level of achievement from an accredited institution is a prerequisite for admissions. Admission is granted only on the basis of the terms stated in the Hartford Seminary Catalogue and in the admission letter. In unusual circumstances, highly qualified students without a Bachelor’s Degree may be admitted.

Applicants are required to present transcripts in English or accompanied by a certified English translation. Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as or by a member organization of NACES (

  1. Statement of Purpose: Each Statement of Purpose is unique and is meant to be an expression of the individuals that write them.  We want to know what is important to you, what has shaped you, and, ultimately, who you are. You have the opportunity to tell us about the aspects of your character and experience that help us understand why you are a good match with this program. We also want to know how you would both gain from and contribute to our unique environment.

The Statement of Purpose should reflect on:

  • your goals in seeking theological education and the experiences or values that have led you to do so;
  • the reasons you have chosen Hartford Seminary, in particular;
  • your educational/ vocational goals;
  • the life experiences that have most significantly shaped you in terms of your interest in  interfaith engagement and/or peacebuilding;
  • any particular issues in your community about which you are passionate.

Required length: 750-1200 words (three to five pages typed, double-spaced)

3. References: Three letters of recommendation (one academic, one related to peacebuilding or interfaith work, one character) are required.
4. Interview: Applicants who meet the minimum educational requirements and whose Statements of Purpose align with the program’s mission and goals will be contacted for an interview by the program director.
5. International Applicants: International applicants must also provide proof of a valid passport at the time of application.
6. English Language Proficiency: Students who are not native English speakers are required to submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination and achieve a minimum score of 80 on the internet version of TOEFL or 550 on the paper based total; or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Please direct any questions to Phoebe Milliken, Faculty Associate in International Peacebuilding, at

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit will not be granted.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Full scholarships are available for 2021-22 academic year.

Ready to start your application? Click one of the links below.

The MAP program is open to international students and US residents. It is fully in-person for all students, but the application process for international students requires a few additional questions.  Please be sure to click the correct link!

Application for Domestic Students

Application for International Students

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